Their smart growth strategy focuses on innovation, industrialisation, internationalisation and investment in a number of key priority areas including advanced industry and manufacturing, energy and biological sciences - health. During the visit partners visited BIC Bizkaia an incubator centre focusing on growth in advanced technology sectors. We also heard from Bizkaia Orekan initiative in which the Provincial Council of Bizkaia works with the collaboration of the local and regional development agents, and the technical support from ORKESTRA Basque Institute of Competitiveness. This initiative was born with the aim of promoting a territorially balance Bizkaia in terms of competitiveness, to address the need to respond to an economically heterogeneous territory in terms of business fabric and competitiveness indicators. It is an example of multilevel governance and collaboration that has led to tangible results, through the creation and development of new "soft spaces" for experimentation in the definition of policies, new ways of collaboration and doing, among others.

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